In honor of the Baby Sign Language class I am going to start teaching at the end of the month (if more people sign up!!!), this month’s Wordless Wednesday is devoted to that topic. See posts from 2 weeks ago and last week about WHY to sign with your child and THE TIMING of signing with them.
What an invaluable tool for improving communication, fostering relationships between child and caretaker, and improving neurological connections in the language center of the brain (sorry if I just got a little geekish there!).
Some of the language benefits of sign from Babies and Sign Language
- Increases the speed of language development
- Reinforces verbal language when words are spoken and signed at the same time
- Promotes language learning through concepts (for example “b-a-l” sounds have no meaning until you give those sounds meaning. Whereas the sign for ball visually demonstrates the shape of a ball and helps to provide the concepts for the word)
- Increases vocabulary
- Promotes early use of complex sentences (for example it is very natural to begin combining “more” and “food” and may help the child to start combining words much earlier than he/she would have with verbal words).
Yes, I took that picture. No it has nothing to do with the post. I just needed a place to show off some pictures I’ve taken recently. 🙂